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I bet you have come across cross conflicting opinions regarding whether or not giving your dog bone treats is safe in the first place. Well, marrow bones are good for dogs to chew. Considering that these bones are delicious, all-natural with no preservatives, they not only improve the overall health of your dog but they are also great for your dog’s dental health—the bones help keep your dog’s teeth clean and exercise the muscles of their jaws.
However, marrow bones should be consumed in moderation as they can be dangerous to your pup. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, raw bones can cause intestinal obstruction, gastroenteritis, and fractured teeth.
When dogs chew marrow bones vigorously, the bones can get stuck on their lower jaws. This can easily break your dog’s tooth. Additionally, dogs can choke on bones or ingest them, so make sure you monitor your dog when chewing.
To keep your dogs safe, only give the dog frozen beef marrow bones which are less hard. You should then discard the bone once your dog has chewed the bone marrow. This is because as the bone gets dry, it becomes harder and more brittle, making it more likely to break and harm your dog.
You should also serve your pups with sizeable marrow bones. Large bone marrows should be avoided as they can fracture your dog’s teeth while small ones can be swallowed easily.
Raw or Cooked Marrow Bones: Which option is better?
Raw marrow bones are always a better choice over cooked options. Any cooked bone tends to be brittle and can splinter, harming your dog. They also hold less nutritional value as raw bones.
However, if you are concerned about the safety of giving your canine friend a marrow bone, you can use the bone to prepare broth that a dog of any age will enjoy.
How to Cook Marrow Bones for Dogs
Before cooking marrow bones, you need to know where to buy marrow bones and how to purchase the best. Local butchery or raw food co-op is the first place dog parents turn to. Irrespective of where you decide to buy your marrow bones, remember to choose bones that are safe for your dog. For instance, ensure that the bones are appropriate for your dog’s age and breed. The bone should neither have sharp edges nor too small to be swallowed whole.
Here is our pick of the best options to get for your dog: Best Smoked Bones for Dogs
The next step is to ensure that the marrow bone is cut the right way. If you are going to purchase your marrow bones from a local butchery or food store, we recommend asking your shop attendant to slice for you the marrow bone on the vertical so that each side of the marrow appears like half of a circle.
Having your marrow bones cut like this will give you a beautiful presentation. Most importantly, it allows any herb flavors that you include in your recipe to marry the marrow, enhancing more even cooking.
I have already covered how to prepare bone broth as well as specific recipes that you may find useful in this post.
For marrow bone broths, here is the direction to follow:
- Put the marrow bone in a crackpot and add water until the bones are covered.
- Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar.
- Leave it to cook on a high for about an hour then turn it to low and let it cook for 8-24 hours.
- Strain the bones and meat out. The bones should not be fed to your dog.
- Cool your broth and remove the layer of fat on top before feeding your dog.
How Much Marrow Bone Should You Give Your Dog?
Dogs love bones, but that shouldn’t mean that you should give your dog marrow bones every day. Marrow bones can cause potential health problems for your dog.
As such, they should be consumed in moderation. Always give your dog marrow bones as a treat.
At best, limit your bones to 2-3 times a week. You should also keep it to one bone marrow at a go.
Your Dog Vomiting After Eating Marrow Bone: What Should You Do?
If your dog ate too much bone marrow, he might develop an upset stomach and start vomiting. The main reason is that bone marrow contains a lot of fats which when ingested can cause stomach upsets. There are also other causes of vomiting aside from the excess fats.
Below are some of the most common causes of vomiting and what you should do in each instance.
This is stomach inflammation caused by abrupt changes in diet. Your dog can develop this condition and start vomiting if the dog isn’t used to consuming marrow bones regularly. In most cases, this condition occurs when you give your dog marrow bones for the first time.
All you have to do is to give your dog time for the inflammation to subside after which you can give him an upset stomach bland diet.
2. Gastro-Intestinal Blockage
Sometimes your dog may swallow a bone, which blocks the passage of food. This implies that the dog will vomit the food after a few minutes or even hours.
If your dog has swallowed a bone, you ought to inspect their stool for the ingested bone. If you don’t find anything, you should consult a veterinary doctor for medication. In most cases, your dog may require surgery to remove the bone.
3. Vomiting from Bone Fragments
Some bone fragments are not digestible. When your dog ingests them, they settle in the stomach. Your dog may feel fine, but by midnight or the following day, the dog may start vomiting these fragments. Sharp fragments can scrape the lining of the esophagus and cause blood spots.
In cases where the fragments perforate the lining of the abdominal cavity, commonly referred to as peritoneum, you will need to consult a vet immediately. This condition can be life-threatening if not well managed.
Marrow Bone Stuck On Dog Jaw: Should You Be Worried?
It is common to see marrow bones getting stuck on dog jaw. Most of the time, the bones get stuck on their big teeth (canine), and when the lips swell, the bone gets locked around the jaw. If this happens, you need not worry. All you have to do is visit a vet for it to be removed.
The veterinary will put your dog under anesthesia before wiggling it out. However, if it fails to come out, the vet will need to saw it off.
To prevent marrow bones from getting stuck on dog jaws, you should give a bone of the right size to your pet. Choose large-sized marrow bones for larger breeds and smaller bones for your small dog. Most importantly, supervise your dog every time you give them a marrow bone for their safety.
Treat your dog with some beef marrow bones from your local butchery or Amazon! Bone marrow bones are suitable for your dogs if given in moderation. Ensure you give your canine friend fresh raw bones which are not brittle. You should also watch your dog while eating the bone to prevent any accidents.